Kathryn Julian

Kathryn Julian


Full-Time Faculty
Assistant Professor


Phone: 801.832.2753

Email: kjulian@westminstercollege.edu

Office Location: Foster 211

Office Hours: MTWTh 02:00PM 03:00PM


Ph.D. University of Massachusettes Amherst
M.A. The University of Tennessee
B.A. Birmingham-Southern College


I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and Birmingham, Alabama and have since lived and worked in a variety of places from Germany to Hungary to Massachusetts, where I received my Ph.D. in History in 2017 from UMass Amherst. I joined the Westminster community in 2020 after two years at Maryville College in East TN. I'm thrilled to now call Salt Lake home. When I'm not teaching or writing, I'm likely on the trails or spending time with my two greedy cats.


My goal is to help students develop a greater awareness of how historical processes and ideas shaped issues facing present-day society. My courses incorporate a variety of global perspectives to contextualize the lived experiences of people in the past. I teach a range of classes, including Film and Memory, Comparative Revolutions, Global Cold War, Truth and Reconciliation, Culture and Society in East Asia, Global Coffee Cultures, History of the Holocaust, Death on Display, and Supernatural Europe, that connect global topics to our local communities. Students are encouraged to create digital projects, visit local sites, and conduct interviews to understand how historical memory still affects us today.

My own research focuses on the ecology of sacred space and pilgrimage. My current book project, Sacred Spaces in Socialism: Catholics, Cloisters, and Charity in East Germany, investigates how Roman Catholic orders recovered from the trauma of the Second World War and contributed to society in the socialist German Democratic Republic. I'm also deeply interested in the intersection of history and justice and how collective memory affects reconciliation efforts.

Areas of Expertise

Memory cultures, history of religion, modern Europe, public and digital history, oral history, film, truth and reconciliation, East Asia

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kjulian_history

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathryn-julian-58039015b/ 

Personal Website: https://www.kathrynjulian.net 

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